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Comment Re:Shocking news (Score 2) 403

I'd say half the work people do could be eliminated altogether, and few would care.

There's a hell of a lot of bureaucratic make-work that goes on in this world. Examples: Laws so complex only lawyers can understand them, or tax rules so complicated only CPAs can understand them. Result? You've got to hire lawyers and CPAs. Or, middle managers at large corporations or in government that just shuffle around, create more paperwork, and enforce internal rules that perhaps made sense to someone, somewhere, but now just inflict pain on people beneath them actually trying to get real work done.

And that doesn't even describe the fact that no one is truly productive throughout the entirety of a workday, with breaks that are stretched out a bit, or time spent daydreaming, or futzing around on Facebook when you're supposed to be working.

I fully expect we'll be able to create plenty of make-work that only humans are qualified to do in the foreseeable future.

Comment Re:It happens, but way too commonly with google (Score 5, Insightful) 150

While I don't expect Google to realistically support every failed project forever, every product or service they kill reinforces the notion that "the cloud" simply means "services you rent which can be arbitrarily shut down at any time by the company who actually owns them."

There's nothing wrong with cloud-based services, as long as you go in with your eyes wide open to both the upsides AND the downsides. And be extra wary if you're not paying for a service and don't see an obvious revenue model.

Comment Re:How to get it in future? Where is it lodged? (Score 2) 397

Still, keep in mind that the FSF is two things: it's a legal non-profit organization with board members and a handful of paid employees, as well as a broader community of volunteers, enthusiasts, and supporters. While the latter is the organization that most people are affiliated with, the former means they still have the same legal obligations and responsibility as any other corporate employer.

That being the case, though, you make an interesting point, albeit indirectly:

Something happened, that much is clear, and it got back to Ms Rowe in some form that made her extremely angry.

Whatever happened here, Ms Rowe is not a first-hand witness to these accounts any more than we are. That doesn't automatically discredit the story, but doesn't do anything to actually confirm it either, unless we actually hear from one of those people themselves.

Bleh. Like you said, dubious. Apparently, the involved parties or first-hand witnesses have collectively decided to clam up / move on, so there's not much else for us to do either.

Comment Re:Sorry (Score 2) 232

Yeah, same. I thought at first someone was taking a swipe at Slashdot, like: "Hey, this site sucks as news for nerds. Got a better one?"

I don't see any point in a watch as a pure timekeeping device, as someone else pointed out, I have a hard time NOT seeing the time wherever I look these days. Primary reason for wearing one these days seem to be: fashion, fitness, or nostalgia.

Comment Re:wat (Score 1) 397

double entendre
doobl äntändr,dbl äntändr/
noun
noun: double entendre; plural noun: double entendres

        a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.

I think perhaps you're being a bit intentionally obtuse, since it's obviously only works as a joke because of what's implied by using that term. No, it's not the end of the world or something to pillory Stallman for, but I think it's pretty tone-deaf to not even acknowledge the possibility that these sorts of jokes could make some women feel a bit uncomfortable or marginalized. And yes, incidentally, he specifically described "EMACS virgins" as women.

Granted, GP's quote also sounds like a lunatic rant, because I sure as hell don't want to hear about anyone's first sexual experience or sexual preferences in response to a sexist joke.

Comment Re:How to get it in future? Where is it lodged? (Score 3, Insightful) 397

The FSF made a blanket statement denying the accusation, but I haven't seen anything more than that. So... that's all we have to go on. If this were a giant corporation everyone hated, like Comcast, would people be so equally quick to simply take a company's terse press release as proof of their innocence? Did they actually do any sort of serious internal investigation? They don't even say. Forgive me I'm a bit skeptical.

Then again, I have no idea who Leah Rowe is, or what kind of person she is. Maybe she's unstable or a liar, and just makes things up. Maybe she's telling the truth. Or maybe her perspective and mentality differs so much from the others at the FSF that the same facts are interpreted in completely opposite ways.

How do you tell who's telling the truth in this literal "he said / she said"? I certainly can't.

Comment Re:C is slowly being replaced by C++ (Score 3, Insightful) 285

The real problem with C++ is not slowness, but being too complex and unpredictable. I think that what will happen is that C will get the few good features from C++, and the rest will die.

You're correct that C++ is typically no slower than C, but it seems very unlikely to disappear anytime soon. There are probably billions of lines of C++ out in the real world. It will never be the most popular language, but it's a very significant one, and will be for quite some time. C++ is used when you need the performance of a to-the-metal compiled language like C, but need better abstraction models for large, complex systems. But unlike some other languages, you typically pay little to nothing extra for these abstractions, as the burden is shifted to the compiler. There are many times when performance really does matter, and you can't simply afford to throw more hardware at a problem, such as a very complex application on a single client PC, a videogame console, or at massive scales like in mega data centers.

If you think C++ is "unpredictable" then you just don't know the language all that well. I'm not trying to sound arrogant or condescending, as it's absolutely a difficult language to learn and especially difficult to master (hell, probably near impossible to master it *all*), but "unpredictable" is how you describe managed memory, not C++. Yes, C++ has a lot of sharp edges as a language. It's ugly, clunky, bloated (aka "feature-rich"), slow to compile, and difficult to master. But it also has a large, mature ecosystem (thanks to its C-based heritage), and damn near every significant CPU or platform has a C++ compiler that supports it, probably topped only by C.

So really, it's reasonably safe to say that neither C nor C++ are going anywhere anytime soon, thanks partially due to sheer inertia caused their pervasiveness through our critical infrastructure. This fact alone dictates that compiler support will remain a priority among major software companies (Microsoft, Intel, Apple) or projects (Clang, CGG). Add to that the enormous codebases that companies have invested in with both languages, and C/C++'s longevity is even more likely.

Comment Re:Wild Life (Score 1) 173

But as we know, the many studies done in the Chernobyl area show that wildlife is thriving, and not showing genetic damage or birth defects beyond normal rates.

Oh, well, I didn't actually know. I was under the impression that scientists were debating this point. (?) Maybe I just read old articles, or I could very well be misinformed. In any case, consider my statement as more hypothetical than anything.

Comment Re:Wild Life (Score 3, Insightful) 173

I'm not sure it's all that strange. Keep in mind that wildlife will still likely thrive even with high birth defect rates, early deaths by cancer, and other unpleasant side-effects from living in higher-than-normal radiation. We would find such a situation appalling among humans, but nature is a bit more brutally pragmatic about such things. Human populations obviously have a much more detrimental effect on populations than radiation.

On the plus side, this gives us a great model for what a post-apocalyptic world should look like 30 years after the bombs fall, or whatever other disaster strikes. It's sort of eerie. I've never like the Fallout aesthetic that implies nothing grows in an irradiated region, even if I understand *why* they did it.

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